Javier Malisse (41) will get his racket out of the dust and compete in doubles with his student Lloyd Harris at the European Open (October 17-24). De Kortrijkzan got a wildcard. The organization announced this on Friday.
Vincent Van ZenechtenSource, Belgian
For several months, Malise has been part of the coaching staff of the 24-year-old South African, who is still a quarterfinalist at this year’s US Open.
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“We are delighted to be able to sign Xavier to our tournament with a wildcard,” explains tournament director Dick Norman. “And he takes the office with ambition. He would definitely like to prove himself in the favor of his pupil. This will create additional spark. We are confident that this will give extra cash to the tournament. Ticket sales are already booming. and we are confident that this will attract many more tennis fans to the Lotto Arena to see the Belgian tennis legend back at work.
Malis, who hung up his racquet in late 2013, won nine ATP doubles titles in his career, including at Roland Garros in 2004 with Olivier Rochas. In singles, he reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon in 2002 and won three ATP tournaments.